Bands I Find Worthwhile:
Both Local and "Big Time"
There are so many great musicians and acts, and so many go
unnoticed or are too quickly forgotten. No need to be a booster
for Bowie or The Stones, as great as they are - when your Bon Jovi
record someday fails to satisfy - try some of these...
(I know this is woefully incomplete; it is the germ of an idea)
Primates These guys are led by the former lead
singer of Another Pretty Face
Which was one of the most amazing acts NJ/NY ever produced.
Another Pretty Face
This is the band that got me going in music and has just released the
CD that all their fans have waited so many years for! Go check out the
site for great APF trivia and this Blog to trade comments with the Face
Drive By Truckers
Yee Hah! One sick bunch of good ol' boys! Check out the
epic "Southern Rock Opera".
Lizards The band I wish I had started... Great fun
- my favorite is
the stunning interpretation of Pink Floyd's "Brain Damage".
This mostly a cappella group does the all time killer take of
"The Star Spangled Banner" Check out clips to listen to
at this site. Great witty folky stuff.
Williamson This man is one half of
the "Incredible String Band" (ISB) and went
on to form one of my all time acoustic favorites - "The Merry Band".
Robin still tours as a solo act and occasionally does "The Bottom Line" in NYC.
This guy is (to me) one of the top guitarists of all time and are
great bands to look him up in. Kansas, Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs(best!!!)
and of course, "The Steve Morse Band".
They Might Be
Giants These guys are a perennial favorite, as they
have the silly/sharp lyrics
I love - that are rarely seen outside of "folk music".
The man, the legend, among lovers of blues "noir". You
must hear "Step Right up"
and "Heart Attack and Vine".
This "art rock" band is one of my all time favorites
and features Annie Haslam
on vocals and John Camp on bass. They pioneered the integration of classical
arrangement and instrumentation into rock n' roll. I recently have had dealings
with Rave Tesar, who is currently the arranger and keyboardist for
both Renaissance and Annie Haslam, and owns Studio X .
This girl/lady/woman is not only a powerhouse performer and
songwriter she is
soooo cute... Not in a "Bimbo Brittany" way - in a classy sensuous way that
only accentuates her talent! Check out her duet with Peter Gabriel, or any
of her records of the past 20 years.
I loved him in the old
original Genesis, and still like him as a solo star.From his
first solo record with "Solsbury Hill" to his current release "Ovo". Not many have
his degree of imagination and integrity. His involvement in Amnesty International,
Greenpeace and his work against Apartheid (yeah remember that?)make him
way more interesting than the usual self indulgent pop jerkoffs.
"Poorbob" is my brother's old chum, and a force
of nature on the
guitar. If you like eyeball rattling blues axemanship see him in many clubs
around the New York area.
Coming soon: Guitarists who stand and deliver
Leviathans of percussion
Avatars of the bass
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